Annette Smith: S.230 proves wind turbine noise is a problem
Tue, 06/07/2016 – 9:48am —
by Annette Smith In his May 25 Letter to the Editor to the Rutland Herald, Peter Yankowski asked House Speaker and Lieutenant Governor candidate Shap Smith to explain his relationship with renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf, his partner Ritchie Berger’s complaint filed against me with the Vermont Attorney General, and the apparent conflict of interest that has resulted in the refusal of the House under Speaker Smith’s leadership to pass meaningful renewable energy regulation.
I met with Speaker Smith in December 2015 and noted that for six years the towns, neighbors and public have been shut out of even having a conversation in the House about the need for standards and a better process for siting renewable energy. The sole purpose of the meeting was to ask how we were going to move forward in addressing the issues with renewable energy in the upcoming session. His response: “We’re not.” Continue reading
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Noise Control expert Steve Ambrose testifies about wind turbine noise (by phone) to Vermont House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, April 15, 2016
Legislature must act to protect Vermonters from pollution
Recently the Vermont Senate voted against protecting Vermonters who live near industrial wind turbines. The Senate voted against requiring sound monitoring to ensure compliance with noise pollution standards. Green Mountain Power’s lobbyist Todd Bailey of KSE Partners told Senators that GMP could not afford to pay an unsubstantiated cost of $264,000 for sound monitoring for its industrial wind project in Lowell. As reported in Seven Days “they (the army of energy lobbyist) got their message to Senator Bray and other Senators in a hurry. The Senate voted 18-8 to strike sound monitoring from the bill.”
It is enlightening to understand GMP’s opposition to the cost of sound monitoring at industrial wind projects in comparison to other costs at GMP. For instance, sound monitoring annual costs, estimated by ethical experts to be $50,000 to $75,000, pale in comparison to the annual compensation for GMP CEO Mary Powell.
According to the Valener Energy Company Management Proxy Circular, included with the March 22, 2016 stockholders’ meeting notice, total annual compensation to GMP CEO Mary Powell for the fiscal year ending September 2015 was $1.9 million. Her total compensation for 2013, 2104 and 2015 was over $5 million. Her total compensation consists of base salary, annual and long term incentive plan (bonus pay), current pension value and other compensation. Her current retirement benefit is $3.3 million. Continue reading
Audio of first witness is poor, and was poor for the people in the room, too, due to the quality of the voice, not the equipment used to record. Bear with it, it gets better. And it is important to try and hear what the first witness says.